The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.
Just when you think you can't take one more hot day in August, the weather breaks, autumn coolly whispers her misty name, and you're wondering where summer suddenly went. But there are still 3 weekends of biking up here. So while tears are shed, there are trails to shred.
First snow of the season on the Rockies across the valley.
Beginning the new Stumpjumper line.
August has been hot and dry so we haven't been doing much dirt patching. But other than spots on Blaster, Superberm and Buffalo Jump, the blowouts aren't too bad. Here's what we have been doing since the Western Open festivus 4 weeks ago:Stumpjumper
We retired this short stunt trail beneath the gondola a couple of years ago due to its decrepit state. Using the last of our current supply of wood, we resurrected it and are tweaking it for flow.
The wooden stunts that make up 3/4 of the new Stumpjumper.
We fixed a few berms to improve the flow on the new Training Wheels rebuild. It's almost there, but could use another quick visit with tools.
Lower Kranky Pants
Here's the last we'll see of Nick "Lord Darth Nicholas" Comstock who rode off into the sunset of innocence and got married this weekend. You'll be trading that bike in for a vacuum and washer/dryer any day now Nick.
The entire beginning of Lower Kranky Pants was built on a swamp many years ago; hence, the need for the Bridge From Space. It has slowly dried out and we are able to make more permanent solutions, including the particularly duffy section before BFS.
Blown out duff area, waiting for a miracle, which waits patiently beside.
It's the bricks that have been buried, but it is the suckiness of the duff that we hope has been laid to rest.
The dirt has been added to the new, permanent wall rides. Now there are entrance and exit options. Removing them at the end of the season is not
I've been shaking my head a bit dismally over the reroute built last month. It's not what we hoped it would be. We'll need to drag a machine way up there again some time. But at least we know what not to do in the future, so it was a valuable learning experience. Hooray for that!
Patched up the Disappearing Berm to avoid some nasty surprises.
We are gradually expanding the landing zone of this Glory Hip. There is more to do, but it is a lot of rock to move.Easy Rider
We rerouted our reroute to further greenify this beginner trail. It seems the key to success is the willingness to recognize and fix your own mistakes. Doesn't that sound like something your mom and dad used to tell you?
A different species of grass delineates where the old decommissioned Dust Buster trail went.
Last month of the best lift-accessed downhill mountain biking in the Kootenays is upon us. Get up here before all this gets torn down for winter.
Anyone know what kind of berry these are? Deeelicious. They certainly stalled work progress a couple of times this year.